Hello! I am so excited to finally be opening my doors here in Collierville, TN, and to have my site underway. Hopefully, you will bear with us as we get all of the bells and whistles up and running. . . It has only been a few short months since my family and I moved to Memphis from Pittsburgh, PA, but we are loving it here. I’ve met some great people including a few incredible photographers, who have helped and inspired me in so many ways, especially in their encouragement to get this little blogsite up. And I have my brother-in-law to thank for building this blog from the ground up. But it’s my loving husband and four boys who have not only put up with me, but have strengthened me as I followed my dream. Believe me, they have been PATIENT.
So, just a quick introduction. My love of photography started when I was just little. I still remember my first “Reflections” contest entry. The polaroid camera yielded a yellowish cast image of a cat, lying in the sun. I was so proud of that picture, and fell in love with the idea of being an artist. My mother was an artist of a different kind, in the fashion and textiles industry. But she gladly signed me up for all of the watercolor, drawing, and dance classes I could take. I danced for eighteen years.
It wasn’t until my junior year of high school that I went back to photography. I took a summer class at the University of Utah, where I learned darkroom techniques, composition, and black and white work. There was nothing more magical than watching an image slowly appear on a piece of paper! I was hooked. The next summer, after my senior year, we took a cruise up the Volga River in Russia. The architecture and people were unbelievable subjects, and I burned through countless rolls of film. Some of those images still grace my walls today, of Babushkas (Russian grandmothers) selling flowers on the street, or watching tourists pass by them, completely unaware of their existence. I couldn’t believe they were so set on taking pictures of an “onion dome” church that they missed the beauty of the people around them.
That was the beginning, and I won’t toil over many more details. I did spend the next four years studying dance, design and photography at Brigham Young University, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Photography. I married an incredible man, who supported my love of art then, just as much as he does today. I’m a very lucky woman. We have been blessed with four sweet boys, who bring life, joy, and laughter to our home. And it is with them that I spend my days. You’ll get to meet them in my next post. . . I am so thankful that I have been able to stay home with them, and that I have a camera to help me document their lives. I still love to look back, from newborn toes to karate classes, and I cherish every chance I have to capture their everyday triumphs.
Again, thanks for stopping in. Because my family comes first, (and believe me, I have very busy little boys!) it will most likely take some time for me to get all of my portfolio and links up. If you are interested in more information in the meantime, please feel free to drop me a line at email@example.com. My photography philosophy in a nutshell? Portraits should be works of art, capturing the moment, not just how we look. I photograph with natural light, in a more documentary style to highlight personalities and relationships. I hope I can help you create memories that will last a lifetime!